Kansas City Championship – Round 1

July 29, 2016

My player is AC Tanguay.

One under today.

The greens have been soaked to make this track playable. Hate to see it otherwise. Heard the members play it hard and fast.

Very pleasant this morning. Didn’t start heating up until we finished.

Today is your last chance if you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 for free. The good thing is, you have 30 days to roll back to the previous operating system but you computer will remain registered and you can upgrade later. Be warned, backup your data first. Also, older peripherals may not work with Windows 10 but you can always roll back.

Then there was this:

LPGA UL International Crown – A Volunteer’s Story

‘Jenny Money’ Feng nearly misses her tee time, then shoots 66 at the Women’s British Open

Olympic golfer Amy Yang replaces ailing caddie

Kansas City Championship – Pro-Am

July 28, 2016

My player is AC Tanguay.

The shotgun with three amateurs had us finished in four hours. Sweet.

Our group consisted of Symetra Tour CBO Mike Nichols, former TV announcer Roger Twibell and Marc D. who runs some of the LPGA concessions during the year.

Kansas City pro-am group Mike Nichols and Roger Twibell

At the end of the day. Mike slipped me a token of his appreciation, which was nice. Then Roger reached into his bag and handed me this 4×6 card. Can anyone figure out why?

Roger Twibell Maters tee time card

It can be yours for a mere $20, if you are so inclined.:)

How easy is the Ricoh Women’s British Open playing? An opening 62 is in the lead!

Then there was this:

England’s Liz Young glows playing seven months pregnant at Women’s British

Road to Rio: Aditi Ashok, India’s teen golf sensation, carrying nation’s hopes on Olympic debut

Kansas City Championship – Wednesday

July 27, 2016

My player is AC Tanguay.

Played the front yesterday and the back today. It seems most of the field did the same. We were in the first group off. Finished by ten.

Caddie down: At 3am on July 25th, LPGA Caddie Dave Poitevent had a massive heart attack. When he arrived at the ER his heart completely stopped and they revived him with CPR. It is truly a miracle that Dave is alive, but he has a long journey ahead of him for a full recovery.

Once out of the hospital, there will be weeks or months of rehab and mounting medical bills while he is out of work. Whether you know him as Dave, Davoo or Big Wave Dave, there is one thing for certain; you know that he is one of the most generous people you will ever meet. Dave will make any sacrifice to help others, and now it’s time for us to help him. Please give whatever you can to help make his road to recovery as smooth as possible. All donations will go toward medical bills, living expenses and costs of recovery until he is back on his feet. Thank you. Donate here.

Ricoh British Open qualifiers.

British Open qualifiers 2016

Then there was this:

Bubba Watson’s Olympic shoes are as patriotic as you can get

Retiring golf legend Pak Se-ri regrets being too hard on self

Kansas City Championship – Monday

July 25, 2016

My player is Anne-Catherine (AC) Tanguay.

I hooked up with AC through a post by Maddie on the player’s Facebook message board.

Walked the Staley Farms track this morning and of course, the yardage books were nowhere to be found. It’s the Symetra’s first appearance here and it’s going to quite a show.

Could be the widest fairways I’ve ever seen except for a couple holes but then you get to the greens. Yikes! Straight out of Disneyland. Nothing but bumps, humps and severe slopes. Whomever came up with this design should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. No offense.:)

It’s not a Sunday stroll around this place either. The elevation changes multiplied by the heat index is going to tax our bodies. I was lucky today. It was cloudy and not too warm. Good thing. The bottled water wasn’t out yet.

Left Battle Creek yesterday before first light. It was pouring rain that eventually washed out the final round. As you can see from my road warrior collage, McDonald’s was my stop of choice.

trash from Kansas City trip

Leftovers from Battle Creek. An ad hoc caddie lounge was created by the putting green. It was first come, first served with only two chairs available.

Country Club and Rick Wynn Battle Creek

Greg Sheridan Battle Creek

Then there was this:

Pro golfer sponsors tennis event for museum benefit

Laura Gonzalez Escallon Wins Rain-Shortened Symetra Event

Golf must embrace six-hole events, says European Tour chief executive

FireKeepers Casino Championship – Round 2

July 23, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

My one year anniversary came to a bitter demise. Missed the cut.

Maddie is taking next week off so I’ll be looking for a loop.

Then there was this:

‘Golf-crazy’ Chicago aligned with LPGA Tour with two majors on horizon

LPGA founder Shirley Spork shares knowledge with Great Falls campers

Hines, Whaley Named Golf All-America Scholars

FireKeepers Casino Championship – Round 1

July 22, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Two under in our opening round. Good start.

Yesterday was Bully’s 70th birthday. A few of us celebrated at the Texas Roadhouse with food and drink. Actually it was a double-header birthday party. Bully’s buddy Alvin Okada ,who caddies for Nicole Sakamoto, was also enjoying his special day. Upstate Jay, Jordan Ontiveros and Nicole joined in.

Bully's 70th birthday Battle Creek MI

We’ve had two storms go through this week and both times our motel, along with other businesses, lost power. Yesterday’s deluge wiped-out the afternoon pro-am.

An unusual playlist was aired prior to the pro-am on Wednesday. Watch me gettin’ down to the tunes . https://www.facebook.com/lifeontour.larry/videos/10209992098899018/

Then there was this:

Fields confirmed for Olympic Games golf competitions

A plan to preserve Northeast Pennsylvania’s rich golf history

Pros hope to use FireKeepers stop as road to LPGA Major

Stephanie Meadow gladly answers Olympic call

LPGA Tour player Cristie Kerr: ‘Donald Trump gets a bad rap’

Catriona Matthew Named Solheim Cup Vice-Captain

FireKeepers Casino Championship – Tuesday

July 19, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

The plan was to touch them all but Maddie was a tad tired so we took the day off.

This is my first anniversary on the Symetra Tour. I debuted right here with Mary Narzisi. This week I’m in the envious position of working for the defending champion.

Heard a great story from The Women’s Open.

Many players opt not to hire a tour caddie. You see that a lot at The Open. Basically, it’s the friends and family event of the year. Most know they’re not going to make the cut so having someone on the bag to share the experience is part the magic but having a caddie unfamiliar with tournament golf could turn disastrous.

Upstate Jay was looping for Maude-Amiee Leblanc and was paired with amateur Hannah Wood the first two rounds who had her dad on the bag. It was a mundane situation for the most part but what happened on the fifteenth hole in the second round would live on forever as one of the best caddie stories ever.

They all teed off and just before arriving to their shots, Jay turned around and noticed that Hannah’s dad, being the doting patriarch that many dads are, was peeling a banana for his daughter. How nice. The only problem was, that is all he was carrying. He had left the golf bag on the tee! Making the situation worse, the group was behind and on the clock! Dad sprinted back (maybe sprint is a bit on an exaggeration but I wasn’t there) and retrieved the lost luggage. They finished without penalty and Hannah failed to make the cut. What a tale. That memory alone was worth the price of admission.

There was a Dunkin’ Donuts stand behind the tenth tee last week dispensing free iced or hot coffee and a variety of donut holes. As one group came through on Sunday, a player’s mom stopped in and loaded two large cups with a dozen of the delectable nuggets and opted to leave the coffee behind. No way is she working that off in nine holes.:)

The constant drum beat the the women are supporting Olympic golf more than the men is true but not all the countries are on board.

Cathryn Bristow surpasses Liv Cheng to qualify for Rio Olympics – Not so fast. Cathryn posted on Facebook that the New Zealand Olympic Committee has decided not to send her. A guess they assume Lydia Ko was enough or did Lydia demand the moon for her participation and it broke their budget?

The Netherlands have nixed both women’s qualifiers stating that they had to rank in the top 100 or it was a no go.


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